Courtois or Areola to keep the wall away from home

Zidane could enter Areola in Vitoria, which has not played since October 5. Madrid is the least thrashed team in the league at home.

Courtois or Areola, Areola or Courtois. That is the dilemma, or one of them, of Zidane for Alavés-Real Madrid this Saturday (1:00 pm, Movistar LaLiga). The coach has managed to make his team the least thrashed in the league away from home, but along the way the high of Courtois has also meant the stagnation of Areola.

The French goalkeeper, on loan from PSG, has not played since last October 5 against Granada. Four days before he had become a hero by accident, after an indisposition forced Courtois to change to rest against the Bruges and he saved a key hand in hand for the final draw. However, in front of Diego Martínez's, he abused self-confidence with the ball and made an absurd penalty that put the Andalusians in the game. "You already know that you made a small mistake," Zidane justified for that.

It was his third Real Madrid match, all of them at the Bernabéu, after the Champions League and the zero-door debut against Osasuna. It will have been almost two months, 56 days, until what may be his comeback, in Mendizorroza. Meanwhile, Courtois has demonstrated solvency, approaching its best level with only four goals conceded in eight games.

However, the scenario invites rotation. With four goals received in six days outside the Bernabéu, Madrid is the least vulnerable team away from home in the League. Barça, with whom it shares leadership, has suffered more than double, nine. The same as Sevilla, third. Before the Alavés of Lucas Pérez and Joselu, Areola might have to keep the wall.

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